Monthly Archives: March 2013

Post Nevermor Update

I’ve been letting this blog slip a bit since the first book has been released, but know that I’m still working! I’ve taken a little break from Nevermor to work on a couple of my other books, and I just got the print proof for The People in the Rickety House, which is so exciting! I’m definitely addicted to seeing my books in print. It’s wonderful! Nothing like it – except maybe seeing others enjoy it.

While I’ve been busy with other things, this doesn’t mean that I haven’t done anything at all with continuing Nevermor. I’ve started piecing the second book together which, as most of you know, is already written for the most part. Now comes the real job of rewriting some parts, adding new material, changing details and making everything line up. I’m planning to do a bigger post about this later to give you more details about the changes.  Some fans have seemed a bit confused (after reading Nevermor) about how I’m going to be able to use the same story, but keep the faith! Yes, there are details that must be changed, but the story is still going to be the same for the most part! Trust me!

To conclude this brief update, I’m working as hard as I can to put out as many of my books as possible, and I promise to spend a fair amount of time on Forsaken Dreamscape to make it the best that it can be! (The Nevermor series is still my main focus right now.) I’ve released Rickety House as an ebook, I’m editing the print version, and I’m working on Roses and Black Glass: a dark Cinderella tale all at the same time. As soon as I get it going, then I’ll start on another! I’m definitely setting myself up to have a busy year! Wish me luck and keep in touch for updates!

A break from Nevermor/Announcement of a new book!

As many of you know, I have a whole collection of works that need to be published now that I’ve started this; not just my Nevermor series. Some are fairytale retellings, some are original works. So, in between months sessions of working on Nevermor, I’m going to be moving some of my other novels around. I suppose I’ll be hijacking this blog to talk about my other projects just a bit, so that’s what I’m doing today!

The next book I will be releasing is…..The People in the Rickety House!

I wasn’t going to talk about this yet, but it’s moving on a lot faster than I expected – and faster is better! (I didn’t have the release of this book marked down until May, but since it’s pretty much ready, I’m going to do it very soon!)

I decided that I need to get as many of my books out as possible. I’m starting with some of my novels that are in the best shape as far as editing. Rickety House has been edited before, and I’ve already gone through my first round this time with very few changes! I may read through it again, but you can expect Rickety to show up as an eBook on Kindle and other channels very very soon – possibly within a week or two!

I’m not going to make a big deal with this one like I did with Nevermor.  There is no release date. I’m just going to publish it when I think it’s ready, and then I’ll let you know.

rickety house smallerThis is my new cover for the ebook and, personally, I think it’s awesome. I wish I could put it into print with this cover, but alas, Shutterstock images cannot be used for Print-on-Demand services like CreateSpace. *sigh* So, in order to put this book into print, I’ll need a new, completely original cover, and I can’t exactly afford it right now.

I know that most of you have read this one, and I don’t expect you to purchase the ebook version ( unless you want to), but as with all of these books that I’m publishing, I’m going to try to give it a bit of extra flair where I can.

With Rickety House, I’m going to include a commentary in which I describe the inspiration for this book and how I connected it with my real life – which I don’t think I’ve talked about before. That oughta be fun.

Remember, I’m pretty much putting my own money back into these books as I make it (for covers and marketing and stuff like that) so if you DO want to see a certain one in print, please purchase the ebook and help me make it happen. If you’re an artist and would like to help me out (for free or for fairly cheap) then feel free to contact me. 🙂

I’m still setting up a list so that I can show you what books I’m planning to work on next, so hopefully I can bring that out soon.

Please Like my Rickety House page on Facebook to keep up with news but also to help me spread the word! HERE

The print version of Nevermor is now available for order!

You helped me choose the paper (cream-colored paper was the winner, by the way) and since that’s been done, I’m pleased to announce that the print version of Nevermor has been approved!! It is available for purchase NOW!

Here’s how this works:

I published this through CreateSpace, which is an Amazon company. So, like the Kindle version, the book can be purchased through Amazon. It is also available through the CreateSpace store, and I’ll give you the link for that shortly.

The price of the paperback book is $14.99 USD. Currently, the ebook is still $4.99, though I may go up on that at some point. Still, I want it to remain affordable.

I hope that’s not too steep, but let me break it down a bit better. I don’t mind telling you how much I’ll make off this book. I want you to know where your $15 is going.

Pricing:  After it’s all said and done,( the price to have the book printed and Amazon getting their cut), I only make $3.68 from each copy sold. That’s all. I make slightly less off the ebook. That was my goal: to make the same amount for each and yet keep the printed book under $15, and I’m trying not to be greedy. I personally do NOT want to pay $10 for an ebook and I don’t expect you to either.

It is currently available through the CreateSpace store: HERE (preferred!)

Available on Amazon: HERE

Though you may have to create an account to order through CreateSpace, I’d prefer you to do so. My cut of the profit is significantly more (around double) if you purchase it through here. Even though the price is the same for you, you want me to get more of the money, don’t you? Sure you do!

There may be a delay for the book for show up in the Amazon Europe store, but keep an eye out! It is only available through online order. This is the extent of the distribution at this time.

Why can’t you get it elsewhere?:  The reason why it is limited to only these places for sale currently is because, while I could opt in for expanded distribution for $25 and have the book sold through other retailers, I will take a serious cut in royalties if I do that. The prices will be divided up even more, (say if I sell it through Barnes and Noble, THEY will get a cut) and so my $3.68 will be reduced to a mere 0.68…. Even for further reach, I don’t feel like it’s worth it for me at this time. Maybe later, but not now.

So, there it is! My trek with Nevermor has been completed! (Well mostly.) Forsaken Dreamscape will not be available until this winter. I need to give this first book time to gain an audience – plus give myself time to work on the rest.

So, what’s next, you ask? Well, Nevermor might be finished, but I’m not!  I’m still going to be working hard on promoting Nevermor and bringing it to the widest audience I can, but I’m also going to be working on publishing some of my other works and getting some of them into print as well. I want to create a publishing schedule for myself that hopefully I’ll be able to make public for you. The way I have it set up, I’ll be putting out several of my books this year! So keep an eye out for your favorite!

Thank you so much to all of you who have been helping me out by sharing the book, reviewing the book, and spreading the word! It’s very helpful to me and I hope you won’t stop! I still have a long way to go, but I plan to give you my best, as you all know I do. :p Thanks!

Second Proof/Making Choices

DSC08625Alright! I got the second proof and now I’m just going to have a look through it. I don’t plan on reading it again because I’m pretty sure that it’s correct. I’m just going to be checking the formatting and then I’ll approve it for production.

The cover looks better this time. It’s not overlapping as much on the back and the text on the spine is centered better. The back cover is lighter, but it doesn’t look exactly like I hoped. Still I think it’s good enough.

Yay!

All is going well! I just need you to help me make an important decision about the way the book is going to look. I’ve got everything else like I want it, but I can’t decide which kind of paper I like better, so I was hoping you’d help me!

Here are your choices: white or cream.

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DSC08647White: When I first saw it, it just didn’t look like a real book to me. It was too white, like printer paper. As I was reading through it, however, the color grew on me and I started not to notice. The book looks new, crisp and clear. I’m not sure if the color will change over time or not. The main thing that bothers me is that when any light reflects off it, you’re pretty much blinded.

Cream: This color is much easier on the eyes, DSC08649especially in natural light, but it also has this old look around the edges. That may not bother you but it does sort of annoy me a little bit. Still, it looks more realistic to me.

Both types of paper are thick and of good quality.

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(white, in natural light)

(cream, in natural light)

So, which one do you think is better?

Evaluation of CreateSpace book/second proof coming

Some of you are probably curious about self-publishing, and maybe you can’t decide which route to go, or if you are wanting to get a book printed, who has the best service? Here is my review of my book, NEVERMOR, which I had printed through CreateSpace. This is how I feel about the service and the product.

The Setup: As with all of these self-publishing things, it’s good to be a bit computer savvy. I don’t know all there is to know about computers, but I can feel my way around. You can pay someone through CreateSpace to set up the files for you – starting at $200+. And that doesn’t mean editing. It means setting the files up properly for print! I decided to do it myself, and with my moderate level of understanding, I found it pretty easy. It’s a matter of setting up your Word document like they describe (they even provide size templates), and then uploading the file into an “interior previewer” program which will show you your formatting mistakes. My most common were gutter errors. Some fonts are not supported, and the program will chastise you for that as well, but it will replace fonts it doesn’t recognize with something else. If you want your own fonts to stick, you have to convert to PDF yourself. I chose not to go through the trouble and simply replace some of my fonts.

The main annoyance: I got a lot of gutter errors and wasn’t sure why. I didn’t figure this out until just now, but the file converts to PDF for you, and even if you use THEIR template, the file does not convert directly over. For example, your page 1 may not have the same amount of words on it as it does in the interior viewer, and by the time you get to the end, there are more pages than you thought. This caused gutter errors for me, but once I figured it out, I was able to fix it.

So, ease of setup: Easy-Medium.

The Cover: Overall, I only had two issues with the way the book turned out (minor ones) and both have to do with the outside, so let’s start with that.

I’m not going to go into how IDSC08625 set up the cover file myself, but THAT caused me some trouble and was the most annoying thing about the whole process, I feel. The cover, spine and back have to be one image, and it has to be centered and in PDF format for it to work, or else you can use a cover from CreateSpace or have them make you one…for another hefty price that starts at 250 for a basic one and goes all the way to $1000 for an original illustration. I hired an artist from outside to illustrate a cover for me, and paid wayyy less. As you can see, it’s freaking awesome.

Anyway, moving on to the actual product.

Resolution: The resolution of the cover image was slightly less than I hoped it would be. It’s not much less, but I’m pretty sure it’s not quite as crisp as the original image. Still, it looks good anyway, so I’m not seething over it. I’m happy. Also, I think the coloring is just slightly different – and felt that the back cover was a bit darker than what I sent (I’ll be revising some of this so maybe I won’t have this issue again with the second proof.

DSC08639The Spine: My main problem has to do with the spine of the book. I provided my own cover based on a template that CreateSpace generated, which was based on the number of pages in my book. I followed that template down to the pixel, and yet when I got the book, the spine is not aligned properly. See? You can’t tell from the front because the spine is so similar, but on the back, you can see where it bleeds over. I’m going to try to fix this, but it is not done by following their template.

But on a plus side for the binding, there is a crDSC08640ease down the front and back, near the spine. When I first saw it, I was like “ewwww I don’t like that” but after I actually opened up the book to read it, I decided that it was pretty cool. If you’re like me (I don’t know how many people are) but I treat my paperbacks like they’re babies, and am against creasing them in any way! Especially the spine! I don’t even like fingerprints on them, but that’s my issue. Anyway, these creases on the front keep the spine from being creased. Will the cover wear in those creases on the front? Yes, I think so. With a lot of bending (complete bending) I think these creases will probably turn white and mar the front of the book. Judge this as you will.

Some people believe that books are no good unless they have been sullied, written in or otherwise “loved” but I just can’t bring myself to hurt a book. When I finish reading, more than likely the book still looks like it came from the store. So, I do like these creases, but that’s my opinion.

The Inside: The inside looks great and I didn’t have a problem with anything about how it was printed.

Paper: The paper is nice quality, and thick. The printing is good quality and it looks exactly as I formatted it (could be for better or worse, depending on the type of editor you are). The only thing was that I chose WHITE PAPER instead of cream, and I am going to change it. It looks fine, but in some light (like natural sunlight) the light reflects off the white page so much that it is blinding. So, cream colored paper it is. I think it will be easier on the eyes.DSC08641

Speed: The printing was really fast. I expected it to take several days, but actually the book was received and printed and shipped the same day! I had it in my mailbox by the end of the week. Very fast!

Quality: The overall quality of the book is really good for a paperback, and I’m very pleased.The binding is solid, the pages are nice and thick, the printing looks great and as a whole it looks very professional.

Overall, I think this paperback looks better/is better quality than most of the ones I have on my shelf, produced by the big-money publishers. I give it a thumbs-up!

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In other news, I finished reading my proof of Nevermor, corrected a few things and changed some of the layout. Now it’s time to order the second proof and see how it looks – which will probably require me to read it AGAIN, but that’s okay. I want this done right. With any luck, it will be perfect this time, and then the book will be made available to you! EXCITED! Finally I am reaching the end of my journey with this book!

So now, what is next? As most of you know, I have MANY books that need publishing, and not just Forsaken Dreamscape! I’m going to use this blog to mostly talk about the Nevermor series, but just to let you know, you’re probably going to be seeing another book from me before the end of the year. 🙂 At least one more! :O

Preview of Print Version – Currently Proofing

I posted these pics on Facebook yesterday, so some of you may have already seen them. If not, here they are!

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This is my proof copy of Nevermor which I’m currently looking over to approve it. This is a good thing, because I’ve already found a couple of things that I want to change about it, but overall it looks very nice! It’s only going to be in paperback for now, but it’s a high-quality book. The paper is nice and thick, the binding is good, and it’s a great-looking volume.

I think I’m going to do an evaluation post for the book (the printed book as a product, not talking about my story) for those who are interested to know how good the quality through CreateSpace is. I’ve got to say, I’m at least 95% happy with it. I have a couple of issues with the cover, but they aren’t too serious. I still think the book looks great.

I’m reading over it again, of course (You’d think I could recite it by now) and I’m about halfway through. The pages are flying by, and the story is still good. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out! (For those who haven’t been able to get it…sorry 😦 I’m trying to do what I can, but I can only do so much.)

Hopefully I’ll have more details for you soon! I hope the printed book will be available later this month. 🙂